HOW THE PROCESS WORKS:

Once you have purchased a firearm from another dealer, the selling dealer will need a copy of our FFL before your firearm can be shipped.  It is your responsibility to provide us with either an email address (preferred) or a fax number of the seller/dealer in order for us to send the FFL. Some dealers already have our FFL on file.

When the firearm arrives at FloridaGunSIte.com, we will in-process it, call you to let you know it arrived, and lock it up until you can come pick it up.

The process isn’t always flawless.  It is the buyer’s responsibility to make sure the seller received the FFL, payment, and all information necessary for the seller to ship the firearm.  The seller will usually put your contact information in with the shipment for FloridaGunSIte.com staff to contact you.   From time to time, the buyers contact information may be incorrect.  It is recommended that the buyer follow up with the seller first, then FloridaGunSIte.com if the transaction isn’t going as expected.  If contact information was incorrect or not provided, we have no way to let you know.

When you come to pick up your firearm, we will provide you with a form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record) to fill out.  The rightful owner of the firearm MUST be the one to fill out the form, in their own handwriting. We will verify the form has been filled out correctly and then submit a background check on-line.  Once the background check has been approved and the mandatory 3-day wait has been satisfied (Handguns with no Florida Carry Permit), payment for the transfer is made, the consumer may leave the store with the firearm.

Our inbound and outbound FFL gun transfer services are fast and competitively priced. We have a hassle free process and have transferred thousands of firearms.

Inbound firearm
(Shipping to us and you are receiving from us)

$2000per serial#
  • 1. Have the transferring dealer request our FFL via email. Remember the dealer must also be an FFL.
  • 2. Email us to make an appointment for pick up when your tracking number indicates we received your firearm.
  • 3. Bring your government issued ID (Non-passport). Government ID must be Florida issued or if your ID is issued from another state you must bring proof of residency. This is typically property tax documents if you own a residence. All documents used to established residency must be from a Florida government agency. Remember that your ID must not be expired.

Outbound firearm
(You are bringing a firearm to us to ship to another dealer)

$2000per serial#
  • 1. Email to make an appointment.
  • 2. Bring the firearm to us along with your government issued ID (Non-passport).
  • 3. We will ship the firearm via UPS and email you the tracking number. We do NOT accept any shipping labels and only ship UPS.
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More Information

You must be a Florida resident to pick up handguns and receivers.

The actual named purchaser of the firearm MUST pick up the gun, no substitutions.

The address on your government ID MUST be current.  If it’s not, you must provide government issued documentation of your current address (e.g. tax bill, voter registration, car registration).  Commercial mail is not acceptable.

Don’t worry about filling out the ATF form 4473 before you arrive at the store.  It MUST be done in person upon your arrival.  

If you’ve had issues related to mistaken identity or identity theft, your background check may be delayed by up to 72 hours (weekdays).  The delay starts after the background check is complete.

Cash is preferred but we also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and checks.

If you are going to be delayed in picking up your gun(s) (Deployment, vacation, etc.), please let us know when you will be able to pick it up.

There is no firearm registry in Florida.  Florida Statute 790.335 (Prohibition of registration of firearms; electronic records) specifically identifies firearms registration as illegal and a violation of your constitutional 2nd Amendment rights (under most circumstances).

Expired government ID or ID doesn’t match current address.

Problems with background check.

No proof of payment.  The seller may provide a DATED and PAID receipt.  If this evidence is not obtainable, the 3-day wait will start when evidence of payment made at Tropic Lightning.

EVERYONE picking up gun(s) locally gets a background check; NO EXCEPTIONS.

A Florida Concealed Weapons License waives the 3-day wait but does NOT eliminate the background check.

The background check is completed by FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) and is submitted through the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) which is operated by the FBI.

A background check is good for 1 transaction or 30 days, whichever occurs first.  A transaction is 1 business day.

A background check usually takes a few minutes. However, the number of background checks submitted to FDLE at any point in time may affect how quickly a result is returned. If the FDLE system or the NICS system is down, background checks will not go through until NICS and/or FDLE have been restored.  A delay such as this can last a few hours but usually not more than a day.  The background check and 3-day wait are NOT related.

A firearm cannot be released by Tropic Lightning until the background check is approved by FDLE.

Approval (A):  Firearm can be released to the consumer.

Conditional Approval (CA):   Firearm can be released based on FFLs policy.  In the event the Conditional Approval should change to a Non-Approval, local law enforcement will be dispatched to recover the firearm.

Conditional Non-approval (CN):  Firearm CANNOT be released to the consumer for up to 3 business days to allow FDLE more time to research causation for the Conditional Non-Approval. NOTICE: We will NOT release the firearm after the 3rd day because of the problems associated with recovering the firearm should the CN become a Non-Approval.  

Non-Approval (N):  Firearm CANNOT be released to the consumer.  This decision can be appealed by the consumer within 30 days of the Non-Approval.

There is a mandatory 3-day waiting period, which shall be 3 days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, between the purchase and the delivery at retail of any handgun.

The 3-day wait is a cooling off period and has no relation to the background check.

The 3-day waiting period shall not apply when purchased by a holder of a Florida concealed weapons permit or the trade-in of another handgun.

The 3-day wait starts the business day following evidence of purchase, the transfer of money or other valuable consideration to the retailer.

This is a requirement as per Florida State Statues.

If you have an out-of-state ID, bring a copy of your PCS (NOT TCS) orders assigning you to Florida and a copy of your lease agreement.  This will allow you to transfer/purchase handguns/receivers in the state of Florida.  If you own a residence in the state of Florida, a copy of your tax bill is a suitable alternative.  Utility bills, junk mail, phone bills, and personal letters are NOT acceptable alternatives.   You do NOT need to establish residency to purchase a rifle or shotgun.
State issued driver’s license (no further ID required if information is current)

State issued ID card (no further ID required if information is current)

U.S. Passport (government proof of address required)

Florida Vehicle registration (considered proof of address, but not a substitute for a picture ID and Date of Birth)

Florida Voter’s registration (considered proof of address, but not a substitute for a picture ID and Date of Birth)

Florida Tax Bill (considered proof of address, but not a substitute for a picture ID and Date of Birth)

Utility bills, junk mail, phone bills, and personal letters are NOT acceptable alternatives.

A Florida Concealed Weapons Permit allows a person to carry a weapon concealed and bypass the 3-day wait required for purchasing firearms in the state of Florida.

Concealed Weapons Permits from other states allow a person to carry a weapon concealed in Florida, providing there is a reciprocal agree with the issuing state, but not eliminate the 3-day wait for purchasing firearms in Florida.

Other states have reciprocity to allow Florida Concealed Weapons Permit holders to carry concealed weapons.  It is your responsibility to know the laws of each state for which you carry concealed weapons.

You MUST bring your alien registration card with you at the time you fill out the form 4473.

Your background check may be delayed a few hours to a few days. FDLE is required to check multiple databases.  The initial background check may be returned as a Conditional Non-Approval.  The approval status is usually updated within a few hours but may take a few days before completion of a final determination.

Alien Residents are encouraged to come in to Tropic Lightning in advance of the transfer to get the background check started to avoid background check delays.  Please let us know if this is the case.